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Do Technology-Intensive Activities Drive Industrial Labor Productivity Levels?

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  • Raúl Vázquez López

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    (Institute of Economic Research (IIEc.) - National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Mexico City.)

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    This article analyzes the contribution of technology-intensive activities to the increase in aggregate labor productivity in the industrial sector for a set of 28 countries, dividing 150 industrial classes into four groups based on their degree of technology content (High, Medium-High, Medium-Low and Low). After decomposing the evolution of labor productivity with a statistical method, it was found that these activities did not contribute significantly to the increase in the efficiency indicator. These exercises also corroborate the absence of a global structural change in industry that would drive levels of aggregate labor productivity.

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    Article provided by Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Economia in its journal Ensayos Revista de Economia.

    Volume (Year): XXXV (2016)
    Issue (Month): 2 (November)
    Pages: 123-150

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    Handle: RePEc:ere:journl:v:xxxv:y:2016:i:2:p:123-150
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